Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Call for Papers: International Law-Making and the United Nations

The Section on International Law of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its program at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York, New York on Friday, January 3, 2014. 

The topic of the program and call for papers is “International Law-Making and the United Nations.” This panel will explore contemporary developments, processes and controversies in international law-making by the United Nations.  The presenter chosen through this call for papers will join several high-level United Nations legal experts who bring deep experience from a number of UN bodies:

Mahnoush Arsanjani, who served in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) of the United Nations for over 32 years. Her last position was as Director of Codification, OLA.  She also served as Secretary of the International Law Commission and Secretary of the Committee of the Whole, Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court.

Marie Jacobsson, a member of the UN International Law Commission (ILC) and only the third woman to be appointed to this august body since its founding in 1948.  She also serves as Principal Legal dviser on International Law at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  She was appointed by the ILC  in May 2013 as Special Rapporteur for the topic “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts.”

Kimberly Prost, UN Security Council Ombudsperson for the Al Qaida Sanctions Committee, and Head of Legal Advisory Section, Division of Treaty Affairs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime.  Previously she served as a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Eligible faculty members are invited to submit manuscripts or detailed abstracts that address any of numerous issues in United Nations law-making, including players, processes, or practices. 


Per AALS policy, only full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit a paper to a call for papers; the following are ineligible: faculty at fee-paid law schools, foreign, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, fellows, non-law school faculty.  Untenured faculty members are particularly encouraged to submit papers.  

Registration fee and expenses

The selected Call for Paper participant is responsible for paying his or her AALS annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Form and length of submission

Eligible faculty members are invited to submit manuscripts or detailed abstracts dealing with any aspect of the foregoing topic.  Detailed abstracts should be comprehensive enough to allow the committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of papers proposed.

Papers may be accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.

Deadline and submission method

Papers must be submitted electronically to: The subject of the email should read: “Submission for AALS Section on International Law.”

The initial review of the papers and abstracts will be blind, and will be conducted by members of the section’s executive committee.  In order to facilitate blind review, please identify yourself and your institutional affiliation only in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript, and not in the manuscript itself.  The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.    

The deadline for submission is September 10, 2013.

The author of the selected paper/abstract will be notified by September 30, 2013.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Journal on the Use of Force and International Law Seeking Submissions

The following is an announcement regarding a new journal that may be of interest to readers of this blog:

"The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) is a new peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of the law governing the use of force (jus ad bellum), as distinct from other areas of international law relating to security issues, such as International Humanitarian Law or international Criminal Law. The Journal aims to provide a forum for top quality international research into all facets of the law governing the use of force, covering issues such as the nature and scope of the inherent right of self-defence, the use of force authorised by the UN Security Council and force employed for humanitarian purposes. As such, it has a focused mandate, whilst engaging with the ‘jus ad bellum’ broadly defined, ensuring a wide appeal.

In addition to publishing research of the highest quality and impact, of both a theoretical and more practical nature, the Journal will support the conducting of research, through a digest of state practice on the use of force – a relatively unique feature for an international law journal – which will act as a key means of assessing the development of customary international law in the area. The Journal will also feature book reviews that significantly engage with the key works in the field. 

The first issues will be published in August and December 2014. It will thereafter be published twice annually in May and November. 


 JUFIL is expected to attract contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law.

The deadline for submissions for the first issue is 31 January 2014 for articles, and 28 February 2014 for Book Reviews.

The Journal invites submission of unsolicited manuscripts.  For articles, the suggested word length is between 8,000 and 25,000 words including footnotes, and for book reviews, which should significantly engage with the book under review, the preferred length will be 3-4,000 words including footnotes."

Article submissions for publication should be made in the first instance to:

Dr James A. Green, Reader in Public International Law, School of Law, University of Reading, Foxhill House,Whiteknights Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7BA, UK

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 8592 Email:


Dr Christian Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of the Human Rights and International
Law Unit, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, L69 7ZA, UK

Tel: 0151 794 6912  Email:

Book review submissions for publication should be made in the first instance to:

Dr Francis Grimal, Lecturer in Law, University of Buckingham, School of Law, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG, UK

Tel: 01280 828300 Email: francis.grimal@buckingham

Items for inclusion in the Digest of State Practice should be directed to the attention of:

Dr Tom Ruys, Senior Research Fellow, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University
of Leuven, Huis de Dorlodot, Charles Deberiotstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium

Tel: + 32 (0)16 32 87 25 Email:


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EU Settles Trade Dispute with China Over Solar Panels

In June, we reported (here) on a trade dispute between the European Union and China pursuant to which the EU imposed antidumping duties on solar panels from China over concerns that the solar panels were being sold for less than fair value in the EU.  China retaliated by threatening to impose additional tariffs on wine from Europe.

Karel De Gucht, EU trade commissioner, announced yesterday that an "amicable solution" had been found between EU and Chinese officials regarding the matter.  Pursuant to the deal, Chinese sellers of solar panels have agreed to a minimum price for their sales at least until 2015.  However, the EU solar panel industry is not happy and has threatened legal action, alleging the deal is contrary to EU law. 


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International Day of Friendship

In 2011, the United Nations proclaimed July 30 as the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendships between peoples, countries, and cultures will build bridges and faciliate peace efforts.  For more information and resources, go to the UN webpage for the International Day of Friendship.


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